Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Pilot killed in aircraft collision

Police block the road near the scene in the Great Stretton area of Leicestershire after two light aircraft collided

A man has died and two other people have been treated for minor injuries after two light aircraft collided near an airport.

Leicestershire Police said the planes landed in the Great Stretton area of Leicestershire shortly after 2pm.

A police spokesman confirmed that the pilot of one of the aircraft died at the scene of the incident, while two men travelling in the other plane both received minor injuries.

The spokesman said the planes "landed" in the vicinity of Gartree Road, which has been sealed off to allow the emergency services to deal with the incident.

The spokesman added: "One of the aircraft contained one person, a man, who died at the scene. The second aircraft contained two men who both received minor injuries.

"Gartree Road from Stoughton Road to Mere Road, Great Stretton, has been closed off to allow for the emergency services to deal with the incident.

"It is anticipated that road will remain closed overnight and motorists are being advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route."

The crash, near Leicester Airport, was attended by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, which declined to give details of its involvement.

A representative of Leicestershire Aero Club, which is based at the airport, said police had been in contact but she could not give any further information about what had happened.

Police are seeking witnesses to the crash, which involved a red aircraft which had just taken off from Leicester Airport and a yellow biplane which was due to land at the aerodrome after taking off in the Nottingham area.

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